Naval aviation’s greatest achievement during the past year may not be the advancement in its platforms, although increasing stability in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and Gerald R. Ford (CVN-70)-class aircraft carrier programs, more clarity regarding the future of several airframes, and continued advances in weapons and payloads certainly help. Instead, the continued maturation of integrated fires control and multi-platform cooperative-engagement capabilities likely steal the show as investments from the preceding decade continue to bear fruit.
U.S. Naval Aviation and Weapons Development in Review
By Commander Guy M. Snodgrass, U.S. Navy